In the post Kobe Bryant era, very few people would have predicted that the young upstart LA Lakers led by a 36 year old head coach in Luke Walton would have had the kind of start that they’ve had. A change from routine, hungry young players eager to get better and vets willing to lead by example can all be pointed to as reasons for the turnaround. Ryan Ward, Senior writer/editor of Lakers Nation stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to help breakdown what we’ve seen this young season and what we can expect to see moving forward including a possible playoff berth in a tough Western Conference.
In advance of the 2016-2017 NBA season, the Milwaukee Bucks agree to a trade with the Chicago Bulls, acquiring fourth-year guard Tony Snell in exchange for fourth-year guard Michael Carter-Williams.
The 24-year old Snell has averaged 9.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.0 minutes in three games to date during the 2016 preseason. He appeared in 64 games (33 starts) for the Bulls last season, averaging 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 20.3 minutes per contest. The 20th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of the University of New Mexico, Snell shot 36.1 percent from the three-point arc last season.
The 25-year-old Carter-Williams averaged 11.5 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 30.5 minutes over 54 games (37 starts) for the Bucks last season. Originally drafted by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft (11th overall) out of Syracuse, he was acquired by Milwaukee in a trade on Feb. 19, 2015.
Basketball writer, James Tillman joins the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to breakdown the deal and offer his thoughts on who really won out.
After a magical run to the NBA title last season, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2016-2017 season with the aim of duplicating their efforts and repeating as champs. They still are the best team in the Eastern Conference and come into the season with much of the championship core intact.
Brendan Bowers, author of the New York Times best selling book “Cleveland is King” stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to offer up his outlook on the upcoming season.
The Atlanta Hawks come into the 2016-2017 with much optimism and are intent on continuing the winning trend they’ve established from previous seasons despite the slightly new look.
Al Horford and Jeff Teague may have departed but the arrival of a highly motivated and re-energized Dwight Howard could very well make the transition seamless and improve the squad in a number of areas. Sports writer, Donnell Suggs stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to offer up his thoughts on what he feels will be a very exciting season of quality team basketball for Hawks fans.
Well, it was a lot of fun and we walked away with some great memories and a ton of laughs. Dave and I have always remained good friends and make a point of catching up from time to time. We just so happened to be chatting the day after the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies of Shaq, AI, Yao and others and as expected, our conversation headed in that direction.
Tim Duncan spent almost 20 years as the a solid reliable and oftentimes quiet force down low for the San Antonio Spurs franchise. With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history.
And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career.
It’s official – Kevin Durant has finally made his decision and the most coveted free agent of the 2016 crop is a Golden State Warrior and will now ply his trade in the Bay area. The decision to leave OKC after nine seasons wasn’t easy for the 27 year old forward but as he indicated in a statement,
“But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth.”
With all the excitement surrounding the NBA free agency period and specifically the Boston Celtics coming to terms with NBA All Star, Al Horford, it only made sense that The Breakdown Show touched base with Nick Gelso of CLNS Radio to discuss the significance of Horford leaving the Atlanta Hawks after nine seasons and donning the shamrock green in Bean City.
Check out this tweet from Horford:
Celtic Pride!!!!!! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀
— Al Horford (@Al_Horford) July 2, 2016
They also touch Kevin Durant’s impending decision as the Celtics are officially on the short list of destinations for the perennial All Star and where that catapults Boston in the Eastern Conference
All that and much more on Hoops Talk Nation
The Cleveland Cavaliers memorable title run to the 2016 NBA championship will go down for many as one of the greatest moments in sports history. LeBron James carried his Cavs team from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the Finals and helped deliver on his promise to bring a title to Cleveland.
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The Audman caught up with Brendan to discuss the new book and all things Cavaliers.
Click here to listen to their interview.